2017 Agricultural History Society
Conference Basics
Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 8-10, 2017

The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting - June 23-25, 2016

Welcome! We hope you will take a few moments to review the following information regarding the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural History Society. Grand Rapids is a vibrant city with many interesting sites and events that should interest our attendees. It is also known as Beer City, USA, with over 40 local breweries.

Online registration will be open until May 24. You will be able to register for the conference on-site in Grand Rapids, but you will likely not be able to attend a field trip or any of the special events or meals.

Registration is $100 for members and $160 for non-members. Single day registration is available for $80 on Thursday or Saturday and $60 for Friday, which is a half-day of panels due to the field trips that afternoon.

Transportation: For those who choose to fly to Grand Rapids, the closest airport is Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). Plan on approximately 20 minutes to get from the airport to the conference hotel by taxi.

Hotel: The Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids is the conference hotel. Rooms are available at $149 per night. The hotel serves an affordable breakfast and there is free surface parking for hotel guests. To make your reservations, call the hotel directly at 616-235-7611 and mention that your reservation is with the Agricultural History Society to receive the discounted rate.

Hotel reservations must be made before May 15 to take advantage of our conference rates.

Venue: Conference sessions will be held at the L.V. Eberhard Center on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids. It is just a minute’s walk from the Holiday Inn.

Field Trips:One optional field trip to Hoffmaster State Park on Lake Michigan with a stop at Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project is available if you pre-registered before May 24.

The Meijer Gardens trip is $48 and the Hoffmaster trip is $40. Both field trips include a box lunch.

Hoffmaster State Park

Graduate Travel Funding: The Society is offering a $250 travel stipend to support currently-enrolled graduate students who are presenting a paper at the 2017 meeting. To be considered for the award you must submit an application form before the May 1 deadline.

Executive Committee Meeting: Members of the Executive Committee should make their travel arrangements to arrive for our meeting on Wednesday, June 7 in the early afternoon.

For more information on the 2017 Graduate Workshop, “Farmers and Agriculture across Borders,” please click here.